Local people react to news of Osama bin Laden's death

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Tue., May. 3, 2011
Xavier Prue, of Norwich.
Xavier Prue, of Norwich.

When asked for their reaction to the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan on May 1, people who answered the question in Norwich May 2 had this to say:


Steven Schlecter, Norwich:

"I think it's a good thing. Anyone who would do what he did to our country deserves to be put down."


Xavier Prue, Norwich:

"That's crazy. I thought he was in hiding and we were never going to find him, that he was never going to get caught. That's big news. Hopefully everything's going to start to come to an end. Hopefully we'll be ending the war soon. It's too long that it's been going on."


T. Hsu, Franklin:

"People affected by 9-11 are pretty [joyful] about the fact that Osama bin Laden was captured after 10 years. We were able to capture a convicted felon like that after 10 years, but at the same time we have all his Islamic followers who've said they want to retaliate against us. The minute we sent troops overseas to Afghanistan, we started getting home-grown terrorists over here. Now we have them in America, [people like] the shoe bomber.”


Melissa Giverdon, Norwich:

“I’m glad he’s dead, but I’m afraid of retaliation now. I’m afraid [terrorists are] going to find a way to get through our barriers. I think security at our airports is okay now – you can’t even bring a bottle of water on an airplane now. As far as our homeland security, you never know.”


Walter McNeil, Norwich:

“I don’t think two wrongs make a right. I don’t think that people should be partying because of another man’s death. I’m not a bin Laden fan, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want people to give me a party because I died. If anything, I think there’s always another bin Laden out there. By the American people acting the way they’re acting, it intensifies our biggest threat. I think [the terrorists] are like, ‘I’ll show you.’”


Nancy Bruckner, Waterford:

“I actually have someone who perished in the World Trade Center. This brings a sense of closure, after [bin Laden] has gotten away with what he did for so long. They [military unit] didn’t even have to hunt, they knew where he was. My dad was a Navy vet, and he would’ve been proud [of the Navy’s role]. But I think I’d be very cautious and not travel anytime soon. I think in this day and age you need to be cautious, no matter what.”

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